Who should buy the Merrell Hydrotrekker

The Merrell Hydrotrekker is best recommended for:

  • water hikers , outdoor goers and casual wearers
  • day hiking in forest trails, beaches, and rivers

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Comfortable and quick-drying

The Merrell Hydrotrekker is made of water-friendly synthetic and mesh upper that is comfortable and quick-drying.

Merrell Hydrotrekker water-friendly

It also features Hydramorph midsole channels and holes for efficient water disposal and ventilation.

Hydrotrekker delivers reliable traction 

This hiker also comes with a removable contoured EVA insole for added support and comfort. The insole has a water-friendly top cover for durability.

Designed for both the water and the trail, the Hydrotrekker uses the M-Select Wet Grip outsole that delivers reliable traction on wet and dry surfaces.

Merrell Hydrotrekker outsole

Soft, flexible upper

The Merrell Hydrotrekker is a low-top hiker for men and women that is available in medium-widths.

Merrell Hydrotrekker lace up closure

It has a soft, flexible upper that promotes freedom of movement and a lace-up closure for a custom fit. There's also a pull loop at the back for easy on and off.

Water-friendly hiker

This water-friendly hiker from Merrell has the M Select WET GRIP outsole which features multidirectional lugs that bite into wet and dry surfaces, including rocks, gravel, sand, and dirt.

Merrell Hydrotrekker water-friendly hiker

There are also water channels in various zones for quick dispersal of water. This rubber outsole is slip-resistant, which is very important to prevent slipping on slick rocks and wet surfaces.

Lightweight and flexible 

Such outsole has a relatively shallow depth (3.5) so it is ideal for hard surfaces, such as rocks, packed dirt, and concrete.

The Hydrotrekker has a midsole made of compressed ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA). It's a foam-like material that is lightweight, flexible, and cushions the foot nicely.

Merrell Hydrotrekker midsole

Great for day hiking 

The major advantage of EVA over other shock-attenuating materials is its lightness. Light hiking footwear is great for day hiking when you're not carrying a heavy backpack as it promotes freedom of movement without slowing you down. 

Merrell Hydrotrekker great day for hiking

Unique to the Hydroktrekker midsole is the presence of holes and ports that don't just channel water out but also promote ventilation so the shoe dries quickly.

Provides utmost breathability

Featuring a fully synthetic upper, this hiking shoe dries easily once exposed to water. The mesh lining delivers utmost breathability. 

Merrell Hydrotrekker breathability

Giving support and structure to the shoe are the synthetic overlays. Also completing the upper is a webbing lacing system that provides a secure fit that can be adjusted whenever needed.

Merrell Hydrotrekker comes with slip-resistant outsole

Merrell offers different models of water hiking shoes and sandals. All of them feature slip-resistant soles but they differ in upper construction.

Merrell Hydrotrekker slip-resistant outsole

In particular, some are made with leather uppers while others are purely made of rubber. Determining the terrain your tackling, your hiking goals, and your experience should help you decide the best type of water hiking shoe for you.

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 12.9oz / Women 7.9oz
Use: Water hiking
Cut: Low cut
Features: Lightweight / Breathable / Orthotic friendly / Removable insole / Heel brake
Width: Normal
BRAND Brand: Merrell
Material: Rubber sole, Mesh upper / Fabric / EVA midsole, Synthetic

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Paul Ronto
Paul Ronto

Over the past 20 years, Paul has climbed, hiked, and run all over the world. He has summited peaks throughout the Americas, trekked through Africa, and tested his endurance in 24-hour trail races as well as 6 marathons. On average, he runs 30-50 miles a week in the foothills of Northern Colorado. His research is regularly cited in The New York Times, Washington Post, National Geographic, etc. On top of this, Paul is leading the running shoe lab where he cuts shoes apart and analyzes every detail of the shoes that you might buy.